By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
4:19 PM EDT, March 16, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla.
Chris Tillman wasn’t pleased with his control Friday afternoon, but the results were good enough to help the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-1.
Tillman, who is battling for a rotation spot, allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings, throwing 28 of his 51 pitches for strikes. He was chased in the fourth after giving up consecutive singles to Chris Parmalee and Ryan Doumit and recording a forceout.
Parmalee then scored on a forceout against Orioles farmhand Robert Hinton to break a scoreless tie.
“You never like to give up a run,” Tillman said. “I faced [Parmalee] 100 times and I thought I had his number, but he came out hacking and jumped on it early and put a good swing on it.”
Tillman, who was 3-5 with a 5.52 ERA in 13 starts for the Orioles last year, has allowed three earned runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring.
“It's going well. I think I've made some adjustments, some mechanical adjustments,” Tillman said. “It's helping me already. I'm excited about it. I'm able to make the adjustments quicker and see exactly what I'm doing wrong and go from there.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was pleased with Tillman’s performance, and his overall arsenal this spring.
“Tilly’s stuff has been good. He’s had some problems in the past with not carrying what he is capable of early in a ballgame. That hasn’t happened down here,” Showalter said. “I’ve been really impressed with his stuff. He’s been very crisp with his stuff from the first pitch."
The Orioles tied the game in the sixth on Robert Andino's homer that hit the scoreboard in left. They took the lead with two runs in the eighth, including an RBI single by Scott Beerer.
Dana Eveland picked up the win with three perfect innings, recording one strikeout. Oscar Villarreal pitched out of trouble to get the save for the Orioles (5-6).
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